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FTC confirms nothing comes for free

Emily Crone

Everyone has seen those annoying ads and emails that say, “Click here to receive a free Xbox 360!” or “Congratulations, you’ve been chosen to win a Dell laptop! Click here to claim your prize.” Most of us are wise enough to realize there’s a catch, but many naive Internet users click on them. The company putting out those ads has just made a settlement on charges from the Federal Trade Commission, because as we probably all could have guessed, those freebies aren’t free.
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